Voth, John and Penny (nee Long)
Penny Suzanne was born in
1963 in Deloraine, Manitoba. She moved with
her parents to Crandall in the winter of 1969-70
and was the last student to enroll in the Crandall
School before it closed in June of that year,
when they moved all the students to Hamiota to
make room for the Birdtail River School
Division offices. Penny graduated from Hamiota
Collegiate Institute in June 1981. Penny
attended the Herzing Institutes of Canada Career
College in Winnipeg and graduated with
honours in Computer Programming and
Business Systems Analysis in August 1984. She
married John Edward Voth of Winnipeg,
Manitoba on April 4, 1987. Penny and John
currently live in Winnipeg. Penny is a Project
Manager for a computer systems integration
firm and John works for Birchwood Motors as
the Assistant Parts Manager. They have two
children, Kyle John born in 1989 and
Kaitlyn Suzanne born in 1992.
Penny and John enjoy vacationing with friends
and doing home renovations, when they are not
too busy with their children's activities or work.
Penny also is an avid gardener and John plays
hockey in the winter.
Wallace, Spence and son Bill Wallace
Spence and his brother Perry both
"answered the call" in World War I. They
joined the army and served overseas although
neither saw front line action. Spence settled on
the William Wallace homestead on SE 6-13-25.
He married Irene Crosby of Elkhorn, Manitoba
in 1925. Irene was a teacher. To this union was
born a son, Bill (Wm. Crosby) in 1929. Bill
attended school in Arrow River, 2 years in
Crandall, then grade 12 in Elkhorn. He
remained on the farm with his folks until
February 1955 when he began employment with
the Trans Prairie Pipelines, which later became
Norcan Energy Resources.
Spence and Irene retired from the farm in
late 1962 and bought a home in Virden in early
1963. His interest continued in gardening,
fishing and hunting. Irene took pride in the
upkeep of her home that was welcome to all.
Both took an interest and were active in Arrow
River community affairs and to a lesser degree
while in Virden. Both remained in their home,
although some home care was required. Spence
died December 22, 1983 and Irene May 5, 1986.
Both rest in peace in the Virden cemetery.
Bill saw service with pipelines in Manitoba,
Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
After 30 years of service he returned to Virden
to help his mother who was unable to be alone.
He continues to live in their home in Virden.
Wallace, Roberta and family
Following Harvey's death in 1966, I have
continued to live on the farm, (formerly the
John Rudd farm). Brock and Kerry have mostly
worked and lived in Alberta since school. Brock
lives in Edmonton, Alberta, but due to a car
accident he is unable to work. Kerry is working
on the oilrigs at various sites with Red Deer,
Alberta as his home base. He has three sons-
Tyler in British Columbia and Dallas and Dane
in Red Deer, Alberta.
Warren, Franklin Nicholas Stephen
Submitted by Mary (Nankivell) Warren
Frank was born on March 3, 1918 on the
original farm and attended school at Palmerston
and Arrow River. Frank passed away on April
22, 1999 in Brandon and is buried in the
Crandall cemetery. His brother Clarence and
sister Doris predeceased him.
Frank married Mary Patricia Nankivell also
of Crandall on February 12, 1953. I was the
youngest daughter of William and Eileen
Nankivell, born in 1934 in Arrow
River and attended school at Crandall. During
our married life we resided mainly in Brandon,
having spent a short time in Strasbourg,
Saskatchewan. Frank worked for the Canadian
Pacific Railroad for 28 years and finished his
career at the Assiniboine Community College
for the next 8 years. I worked at the coffee
shops at Eaton's and the Brandon General
Hospital until 1993 and now enjoy retirement,
spending time with family and friends, enjoying
Clear Lake, Manitoba and golfing in the
summer months and a few holidays to warmer
climates during the winter.
Frank and I were blessed with four children,
one daughter and three sons, who all reside in
Shirley (Robert Durnin) has two daughters,
Kimberley and Lindsay.
Russell (Dawn Pujo) has three sons, Adam,
Tyier and Kyle
Robert (Vi Mowat) has two sons and two
-step daughters, Derek, Justin, Jennifer aand
Tim (Susan Agnew) has two sons, Mitch
The village of Crandall and its residents will
always be remembered with many warm
thoughts and always considered "Home".
Watson, Jean (nee Fleming)
I was born at Crandall in 1924, and took my
schooling at the Crandall Consolidated School. I
was employed by the Telephone Company,
owned and operated by the
In June of 1945, I married Donald Watson,
who was a pumpman for the Canadian Pacific
Railway at Newdale, Manitoba. Carry was born
in 1946, Denny in 1947 (deceased in 1948), and
Dale in 1953. A year later the C.P.R. put in an
electric pump. We purchased the local
barbershop and poolroom, making living
quarters in the same building. The boys took
their schooling in Newdale and high school in
I started working in the post office in 1960
and retired in 1982.
Garry is employed by the Royal Bank and is
at the Call Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In
1972 he married Louise Dorge of Winnipeg.
They have two children, Cheryl and Chris. Dale
is an electrician and carpenter, employed with
Wil-Kraft Kabinets in Hamiota. In 1981 he
married Roberta Morris of Strathclair. They
have two children, Lana and Dane.
In 1991 Don and I purchased a house in
Newdale and enjoyed our retirement. Don
passed away March 28, 2000.
Webber, Norman and Kathaleen
Norman Webber married Kathaleen (Kay)
Florence Eastcott on October 26, 1939 in the
Oakburn United Church. They lived in Brandon,
Shoal Lake, Kenton and Decker before settling
on the farm 10 kilometres south of Crandall.
Norman farmed the land, and raised horses,
cattle and sheep. He also drove the school bus.
Kathaleen helped Norman farm and raise the
animals, and as well kept the house, worked in
the garden, and raised their three daughters,
Florence Elsie Darlene, born in
1941, Norma Sheila, born in 1945,
and Theresia Marie born in 1954.
Norman and Kathaleen continued to work and
live on the farm until 1979 when they bought a
house in Hamiota, Manitoba. They continued to
enjoy gardening, fishing, golfing and camping
until their later years. In 1998 they moved to
Lilac Residence in Hamiota. Norman passed
away in the Personal Care Home on April 20,
1999. Although Kathaleen was losing her sight
and required care, she enjoyed visiting with her
family and playing with her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Kathaleen passed away on
November 4, 2000 and is buried beside Norman
in the Crandall Cemetery.
Florence Elsie Darlene attended school in
Crandall until graduating in 1958. After
graduation, she went to Brandon and took a
secretarial course at Success Career College
after which she worked in Brandon for the
Manitoba Telephone System in the bookkeeping
department. In 1960 she went to Shoal Lake,
Manitoba and was a secretary for George A.
Lauman, a lawyer. On December 30, 1961 she
married Clayton Reid of Onanole, Manitoba.
Their daughter Penny Suzanne was born
in 1963, son Norman Jack born
December 6, 1964 (deceased December 11,
1964) and daughter Patricia Louise born in
1968. After living in many places through
their married life they moved back to Crandall
in 1970 and separated. Darlene married Douglas
John Long on March 2, 1974. Their daughter
Lynda Leigh was born in 1977.
Their family history appears elsewhere.
Norma Sheila attended school in Crandall
graduating in 1963. She went to the Red River
Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba to
become a Licensed Practical Nurse. On October
22, 1966, she married Ronald Everett Batho of
Oak Lake, Manitoba. They had two daughters,
Michelle Lynn born in 1969 and
Tracy Lee born in 1971. Sheila was
diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away
in April of 1982. Ron and Sheila raised
registered Hereford cattle and were active on the
board of the Hereford Association. Sheila
enjoyed painting, her horses, crafts and was the
Theresia Marie attended school in Crandall
until its closing in 1970 then attended Hamiota
to graduate in 1973. On December 28, 1973 she
married Sidney John Lewis of Hamiota. They
have three sons, Nathan James, born in
1979, Adam Michael born in 1983
and Patrick Scott born in 1992. Their
family history also appears elsewhere in this
White, Gordon, Myrtle and Family
Myrt and Gord moved to Pope, Manitoba in
1954. After the store closed, they continued
with the Post Office until Gord turned 65 in
1975. Pope remained their home until 1982
when they moved to Hamiota, Manitoba.
Myrt passed away in 1989. Gord then
moved to Alsask, Saskatchewan where he lived
for three years then moved to Melville,
In July of 1995, Gord married Emily Englat
of Melville. In November 2000, Gord celebrates
his 90th Birthday.
Myrt and Gord had four children.
Barry and Carolyn (nee 0'Connor) are still
in Melville. Barry retired after working for 36
years as a signal maintainer for the Canadian
National Railway. Their son, Bradley married
Leona Klus of Goodeve, Saskatchewan. They
have two boys, Barrington (15) and Brendon
(11). They reside in Meadow Lake,
Saskatchewan where Brad owns and operates
Meadow Lake Truck and Trailer. Their
daughter, Coreen married Tim Shultz of
Grayson, Saskatchewan. They have two
children, Melanie (11) and Tyler (9). They
reside in Melville where they own and operate
Nellies Bakery. Their second son, Lyle married
Stacey Taylor of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
They have a daughter, Hailey (2 1/2). Lyle is a
General Manager for Ghost Transportation and
lives in Saskatoon.
Norma and Clair Shoemaker live in
Melgrove, Ontario, outside of Toronto where
Clair works for Norstar Development Corp. in
Toronto, Ontario. Norma is retired from
nursing. Their son Jeff married Michelle Stolg,
from Acadia Valley, Alberta. They reside there
and Jeff works for Dry Country Gas out of
Oyen, Alberta. Michelle operated a hair salon.
They have two children, Travis and Page. Their
second son, Trevor married Justine Watson
from Vancouver, British Columbia. They have a
daughter, Faith. They reside in Lynden, Ontario
where Trevor works for an air conditioning
company. Justine is in car sales.
Craig and Sussi reside in Acadia Valley,
Alberta where they farm. Sussi is a retired
teacher. Craig works in the oil field consulting
in reclamation. Ryan married Gillian McArthur
of Calgary Alberta where they reside. Tara
married Travis Grinale of Creston, British
Columbia and they live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
After Brian finished high school he worked
in Churchill, Manitoba as a meat cutter. He later
worked for CN as a brakeman out of
Hornepayne, Ontario until 1974 when he lost his
life in a motorcycle accident at the age of 21.
Willis, George and Marlene (nee Amy)
In 1971, we were living in Calgary very
happily, after returning from six years in
Sydney, Australia in 1969. It was wonderful to
be near family again. Scott and Stuart were in
elementary school, and were busy with hockey
In 1974 George was asked to move to
Dallas, Texas by Bridger Petroleum for whom
he worked. It sounded exciting, so we were on
the move again.
Twenty-five years later we are still here.
We love the mild winters, and we find the
people warm and friendly. After 17 years of
watching the political system work here, we
decided we wanted to become involved and be
able to vote, so we became United States
citizens in July of 1991. We haven't given up
our Canadian citizenship though. Subsequently
both Scott and Stuart also became US citizens.
Scott and Charmaine live in Oakland,
California with Austin (2) and Sydney born in
2000. Scott works in the computer field
and was very busy with Y2K projects.
Stuart and Sheri live in the Dallas area with
little Luke (9 months). It is so much fun having
Luke close to us. After Stuart married, he quit
teaching and became a corporate trainer and
George is now semi-retired from the Oil and
Environment business. I keep busy with my
volunteer and church work, plus being a
Grandma, which brings many pleasures to us
both. We are travelling as much as we can now
and are thoroughly enjoying it.
George (age 65) passed away peacefully at
his home in Dallas, TX on November 13, 2000
after a 3 year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.